Communist China is at it again. This time it was a Christian woman and bulldozer instead of a college student and a tank. The result in this case was fatal, however.
Christian activist Ding Cuimei stood defiantly in front of the Beitou Church in the city of Zhumadian on April 14.
The Chinese government had ordered the church building be demolished.Thousands of churches had the same fate over the last year, but Ding wanted to protect hers from becoming one of them.
Ding was not just guarding a building, she was making a statement.
And then the callous communists silenced her.
“Bury them alive for me,” a demolition team member was heard to say. “I will be responsible for their lives.” (Remind anyone of Matthew 27:25?)
The bulldozer operator proceeded to do just that. Ding and her husband, Rev. Li Jiangong, were pushed into a ditch along with massive pieces of the building.
Under the weight of the rubble, Ding suffocated and died.
Her husband was able to drag himself from the wreckage. He has been threatened and ordered not to discuss the incident.
Ding’s tragic story is part of a larger one that is unfolding within the Communist-run country of China.
Christian persecution is on the rise.
Since 2013, when President Xi Jinping took office, the government has been making a concentrated effort to destroy the influence of Christianity in China.
Bob Fu, president and founder of China Aid stated:
Crosses have been forcibly removed from over 2,000 churches. More than 500 lawyers and activists have been detained. Scores of preachers have been arrested on fabricated charges.
Those preachers still outside a jail cell are made to attend weekly meetings to explain their sermons to local officials.
Ding Cuimei is an example of what happens to people who try to take a stand.